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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Columbia River region fisheries show Cowlitz giving up some winter steelhead


Cowlitz River – 112 boat anglers kept 46 steelhead and released 4 while 110 bank anglers kept 29 steelhead and released 6 plus 1 unmarked coho. The steelhead were sampled from the trout hatchery area.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 696 coho adults, ten jacks, 121 winter-run steelhead and three cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 101 coho adults and two winter-run steelhead at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Site above Cowlitz Falls Dam and four coho jacks and two steelhead adults into the Cispus River above Yellow Jacket Creek. Also during the week 192 coho adults, five jacks, one winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. One cutthroat trout was released above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,540 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, January 3.


Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Effort and catch is light.


Rowland Lake near Lyle – Planted with 112 rainbows averaging five pounds each and 78 fish averaging ten pounds each Dec. 27. No report on angling success.



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